Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
After eight one-hour levels of fast-paced action, Day 1a of the PokerStars.com Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event concluded with Billy Jordanou in the lead. Jordanou had a great day in his hometown ending with 125,000, which is more than six times the starting stack.
The first of two day one flights drew a big 186 player crowd, and just 80 survived. These numbers look very promising heading into Day 1b. Only 125 players are needed to break last year's number. Two players who will not be profiting from the upcoming big payout are Tom Grigg and Jackie Glazier.
Grigg and Glazier were seated right next to each other, and the latter immediately took some chips off her neighbor. Glazier won a big pot with kings, but it ended up being her only positive feat. In the end she busted when her shove was called by top pair. Glazier only had a flush draw and was knocked out. Grigg ended up getting his stack into the pot with top pair against a straight- and flush draw. The three-time APPT finalist didn't dodge the river and left the tournament area.
Patrick Healy and Octavian Voegele started off good, but the former ended up giving it all away to the latter. Voegele called Healy down with top pair and was good. Healy had just middle pair and that was the start of a very good ending for Voegele. He ended with 92,100. David Gorr was also among the players that did not survive the day. The 2011 Aussie Millions champion lost with aces versus kings and missed his flush- and straight draw against a player holding a flopped straight.
The craziest hand of the day might be the craziest hand in live tournament poker of the last few months. Tim Eduard knocked out two players in a pot where all three players had flopped a set. Eduard turned his set of aces into quads and that gave him an early chip lead. He ended the day with 44,900.
Billy Argyros didn't have a fortunate day like Eduard. He entered the event late and almost immediately lost half his stack to Didier Guerin. About an hour later Argyros got his money in good with pocket queens, but those were no match for Luke Edwards' . Edwards made runner-runner straight and knocked out Argyros.
Joe Hachem also entered late, but his stack went in opposite direction. He hit a big draw for his tournament life against pocket aces, and kept going from that point on. In the biggest pot he turned a straight and got maximum value on the river against his opponent who called with top pair.
Hachem is among the biggest stacks heading into Day 2 with 111,800. Day 1b will start tomorrow at 12:10 PM local time. Late registration will remain open for the first four levels. Make sure to tune back in to PokerNews.com as we bring you all the live updates!
(Photo: Heath Chick, PokerAsiaPacific)
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The following players amassed big stacks throughout Day 1A. A full chip counts list is expected later tonight.
The day is almost done, and just three more hands need to be played. We will be back shortly with some end of day chip counts.
Just 80 players remain with 17 minutes left on the clock. The average stack right now is 46,500 or 58 big blinds.
"I just can't win a flip," Sherrie Gelberg just said after losing a coinflip to Michael Guzzardi. She raised under the gun and Guzzardi three-bet. The action was folded back to Gelberg who moved all in. Guzzardi called.
The board ran out , and Guzzardi doubled up.
We just found another big stack in the room which belonged to Matt Naughton. We asked Naughton if he won any big hands, and he replied, "Ace-king".
According to his neighbor it was suited in clubs, but that was it information wise. Naughton didn't release any of his tactics and played on with the second biggest stack in the room.
The player on the button moved all in for just 8,800 and David Zhou called from the small blind. Zhou turned over his , and his opponent showed the . He had only looked at one card and squeezed his second one. He turned over the and had woken up with the best starting hand!
The board ran out and Zhou took a hit. He's left behind with just 9,000 chips.
Tam Truong raised to 1,600 pre flop after which he was three-bet to 3,700. The action was folded to Tim McRae who moved all in for his final 11,150. Truong tanked for a while but folded, and the other player called.
The board ran out , and McRae stayed alive.